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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 28, 2009 11:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How many love songs anyhow?

Exactly! That's what I was getting at...there really aren't any that go on and on about love in and of itself, in a selfcongratulatory fashion like TLEO, IMHO (sorta similar to "My Girl" which if they sang like that, would be okay...).

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Poster: high flow Date: Sep 28, 2009 11:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How many love songs anyhow?

I detect a touch of sarcasm in TLEO. This song is about puppy love, but it is written from a wiser man's point-of-view.

The wise man understands what the lovers are feeling AND he knows young lovers are blinded by emotion. Blind to the fact that puppy love is easy, but the road to true love can be rough.

How Sweet It Is is the only love song(performed by GD/JGB) I can think of which has no darker side. Obviously this was a cover tune which was seldom played by GD.

It seems to me that the band chose cover tunes w/ the same slant on love. Never too sweet.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 28, 2009 1:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How many love songs anyhow?

Ah--been many yrs for me to listen to TLEO but I hadn't thought of it having that component...I thought it was straight up embracing the puppy love aspect.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Sep 28, 2009 10:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How many love songs anyhow?

I definitely read TLEO like that as well.

The couple hits it off and everything is gravy, but the love has not yet been tested. The singer offers the advice to look into the future and see where this is going, if anywhere, and hints to get out of there before this whole thing rolls over, so as to say, "Enjoy it, but don't say I didn't warn ya!"